If you’re a student thinking about your future, or you just want a change in career, then you’ve got a lot of options open to you. This is especially true if you have in interest in technology or engineering. Careers in this kind of niche aren’t always what you’d expect. There are a wide range of positions available for engineers. Here are a few you may not have considered.
First of all, special effects engineer. I bet you didn’t think the title “engineer” could get as glamorous as that! This is one of the most sought-after engineering niches there is, and it’s not hard to tell why! Unlike many other engineering niches, you’ll be able to see your work come to life on the big screen. From 3D animation to real-life explosions, there’s no limit to the kinds of things you’ll be involved in. If you wanted to take your interest in engineering down a more creative route, then this is something to think about. It takes a lot of work to get your foot in the door, but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s worth it!
Another niche you probably haven’t thought about is sports engineering. With all the connotations of the word “engineer”, most people don’t associate it with sports. However, if you have a passion for sports and engineering, then this could be your calling. As a sports engineer, you’ll be developing and testing new athletic equipment. You can see how you’ll be making a hugely important contribution to the whole industry. Although the term “sports engineer” might sound like a softer niche, it’s actually very exacting. Most sports engineers have a long academic background in mathematics and science. Yes, you won’t be able to walk through the door and get hired as a sports engineer. However, it’s not impossible to break into this niche. Just imagine seeing your sporting idol using equipment you designed!
Perhaps those previous two suggestions were a little too outside the box for you. If you still want to find an engaging engineering career, then consider becoming an aerospace engineer. The first thing that jumps to your mind is probably planes. While aerospace engineers do work in aviation maintenance, it doesn’t stop there. Aside from aircraft, you could be working on satellites, missiles, and spacecraft. While the life of an aerospace engineer is intriguing, it’s not something you can approach lightly. The safety of plane passengers, and the general functionality of various aircraft would rest on your shoulders. You may have to move sporadically between offices, hangars, aeronautical labs and the like. Depending on the company you work for, there may be the pressure of tight deadlines and late nights. Being an aerospace engineer is demanding, true. However, if you want to have a hand in the full magnitude of what engineering can accomplish, then it’s a great route to take.
Engineering is a wide field with all kinds of niches to explore. These three are some of the more exciting careers, but keep looking! You’re sure to find a place for your skills and taste.